Maybe you’ve crumpled into a backpack a newly dry-cleaned dress for your friend’s wedding or rolled up to a country jaunt with an excessively over-stuffed suitcase – whatever your past packing crimes, it’s frustrating when your luggage doesn’t quite cut it. Start your trip right with this curated selection of travel companions.
For the weekend jet-setter
Weekend jetsetters understand a cabin bag is essential for side-stepping unnecessary baggage collection. Hong Kong brand Ookoon’s hard-cased luggage might look like your grandmother’s hat box, or something from the Pan Am glory days, but its aluminium-magnesium alloy frame is built for ultra lightweight durability. Not just a pretty face, interior features include a compression system, removable laundry bag and internal mesh divider to keep you organised on short trips.
An all-weather companion
There’s a reason Danish-designed brand Rains is a new favourite among style-aware adventure seekers. This practical, well-made, waterproof bag has the kind of Nordic aesthetic that’ll take you from the bush to the city seamlessly.
Hook & Albert
When you need to look sharp
Whether it’s a weekend wedding, business trip or a newly dry-cleaned silk dress you can’t bear the thought of crumpling in your suitcase, Hook & Albert’s built-in garment bag is designed to accommodate your needs. Once fully unzipped the bag can hold two suits and a pair of shoes, with room for folded luggage in the core.
The forever bag
For an investment option, consider Louis Vuitton’s soft-sided Keepall 50. Thrown over well-heeled traveller’s shoulders since 1930, this iconic weekender is cabin-friendly, generously sized and comes in a variety of signature LV canvas designs. Add customisable monogram and coloured stripe to stamp your personal mark.
Saying it with a suitcase
Designed in durable canvas with leather trim, Paravel’s Stowaway suitcase can be customised with hand-painted appliqué letters or emoji designs. Its interior architecture collapses flat, so you can pack it inside a larger suitcase and take it on the road with you.
A classic leather option
It’s hard to go past a beautiful leather saddle bag. Handcrafted from smooth tan Italian calf leather, this structured weekender is a refined companion for a short-haul trip.
The "I can’t believe it’s a paper bag"
Made from sustainably sourced, cultivated paper fibre, Uashmama products are created with the environment in mind. This minimalist go-anywhere bag is both waterproof and lightweight. Sturdy handles and a shoulder strap add points for practicalities, and its washed-out colour palette goes with everything.
A travel-savvy carryall
For the organised traveller, this weekender comes in an expandable design and a compartment system to keep everything in its place. With a removable mesh tech pouch, key leash, shoe and laundry bag, water bottle side pocket slots and a spot for your phone, you’ll never be forced to upend this bag on your getaway.
For the fashion conscious over-packer
If you like multiple outfit options on a weekend getaway and are prone to overpacking, Saint Laurent’s ID convertible bag is for you. Crafted in durable cotton canvas, and accessorised with multicolour embroidered patches, this roomy overnighter expands when you need it.
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